The Agony of Getting Everything You Want

September 3, 2015 3:35 am

I love the work done by Mockingbird. This excellent article is not only a timely offering for our idol manufacturing souls, it also functions as a great intro to the very fine commentary Mockingbird offers – deeply Christian reflection with a cultural awareness few seem to possess. Enjoy! http://www.mbird.com/2015/08/the-agony-of-getting-everything-you-want/

Behold the Glory: Study Notes for John

September 3, 2015 2:52 am

Behold the Glory, Part 22 The Servant of Yahweh John 13:1-30 I. Overview of John 13-17 From anointing as the King (by Mary Magdalene) to enthronement in Crucifixion All is reversal – anointed on feet rather than on his head. Made explicit in John 19:1-3 A. Greco-Roman Feasting and Dialogues Jesus as fulfillment of the Wisdom of God in Jewish hope (Proverbs 9 – the banquet) Greek world: trade guild meal, followed by discourse A very “missionary” document; John “contextualizes” his structure to open up to the Gentile world the teachings of Jesus. NOT a Passover Meal; see 13:1: This... Read this post

Postcard Theology 2

September 2, 2015 3:09 am

Postcard Theology 2 It’s possible that you might be harboring some fears and cynicism when it comes to this theological enterprise, this journey of faith. After all, knowing God – our supreme end and good – might prove a costly venture. It might also prove to be as mad as Don Quixote charging at Windmills. You might suppose God to be illogical as a basic concept. After all, if God is supremely good and also supremely powerful then how can he allow – or perhaps even decree and ordain – something we find utterly cruel and unthinkable? Surely the presence... Read this post

Red

August 30, 2015 1:32 am

Today my eye Caught sight Of red on the edge of green leaves. And I am reminded That this hue Grows on me too.

Postcard Theology 1

August 27, 2015 2:58 pm

Postcard Theology 1 Even Atheists have a ‘supreme good’ or ‘chief end’, even if their greatest joy is liberating Christians from our superstitions. They hunger for this. People are hungry souls: we want to get our teeth stuck into something true and satisfying. Robots aren’t hungry, but we are. Jesus said man’s supreme end was to ‘know God’ and he called this relationship ‘eternal life’ (John 17:3). In other words, we were made for God and only in relationship with him – because ‘knowing’ is a relationship word and not just an information word – will we find the true... Read this post

The Notes We Sing & the Seeds of Truth

July 12, 2015 12:39 am

Music plays a starring role in our lives, and that’s especially true here in ‘Greater Nashville’. For many, music is near to their heart, an echo from heaven that reminds them that whatever home we have here we have one more permanent and lovely that awaits. For those who know music in this way Simone Weil’s words ring true: “Everything beautiful has a mark of eternity.” For others, ‘music’ is all about work. Its an industry, and like all such endeavors has its positive and negative aspects. Hunter Thompson famously observed, “The music business is a cruel and shallow money... Read this post

Quotes about Freedom from Thomas Jefferson to Bob Marley

July 5, 2015 12:32 pm

Some of my favorite quotations about liberty and freedom for your reflection on the Fourth: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” –Ronald Reagan “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” –George Washington “Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”... Read this post

Racism, the PCA, and Charleston: a Pastoral Letter to Christ Community Church

June 24, 2015 5:16 pm

Brothers and Sisters With you I am deeply grieved and angered about the terrible events which unfolded last week in Charleston, South Carolina. Our brothers and sisters have been slaughtered in the name of racial hatred; the Church of Jesus has been attacked; and our common society has been wounded. I am also astonished by and so thankful for the clear witness to God’s grace that the Emmanuel AME members have given our world with their words of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. They have offered this testimony in the face of horrid brutality and hatred. It is a the heart... Read this post

Undying Love in the Crosshairs of Hate

June 21, 2015 9:06 pm

With Father’s Day as a theme I’d prepared some altogether appropriate paragraphs for this space today, warm words about family, bonds of affection, and the joy of home. Then Charleston happened. Few people are thinking of much else, and virtually no one is speaking of much else, especially in the national media, and that’s as it should be, even if a lot of what’s said isn’t very helpful. There are nine beautiful, wonderful people who are dead now, killed by a young man deluded by racial hatred and a culture of violence, a bitter youth who acted against innocent people... Read this post

Extended Sermon Notes – Finders, Seekers: June 21, 2015

June 21, 2015 8:26 pm

The Short Stories of Jesus Finders, Seekers; Sellers, Keepers Matthew 13:44-46 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost June 21, 2015 What ‘Kingdom’ means in Jesus’ teaching CAN mean a ‘place’, but more than anything it means ‘Governance’, especially experience of that Governance. It is the presence of the future. The Kingdom has both come and is still coming. We live in the tension of the now and not yet. We live not with a postponed hope but a present reality that is growing from seed to tree, and from pebble to mountain. I. The Surprised Finder – v.44 * Burying treasures In... Read this post